Pawn Races | Principles of Chess Endgames | GM Naroditsky

In this video, we explore the second fundamental concept that undergirds pawn endgames: pawn races! As we find out, pawn races aren’t just about blindly pushing a pawn toward promotion. Winning pawn races involves a great deal of skill, and we outline five crucial rules that will help you make the most of all pawn race situations. Having mastered these rules, you can be sure that you will pull out pawn race victories even in objectively lost positions!

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328 Comments

  1. Absolutely brilliant series, this helped me significantly! I appreciate the top quality work Danya, thank you! Absolutely crushed the 1,800 computer with these fundamental understandings. Used your lesson to create two outside passers against a knight, A and H pawns. King was running around with against gap tooth trousers 😂🤣

  2. Great series. I never thought that Endgame could be this much interesting and fun.

  3. Recently discovered your videos.Great stuff, thank you!

  4. Hey, just rewatching this video one year after.. and I will probably be back here next year. Great series Sensei

  5. such a good series. honestly, the best chess teacher out there

  6. On the 27:00 eample, one tempo decides the game. If black was to move first, its queen could skewer the white king and queen on the next move after promotion

  7. In the Radjabov v. Fedoseev game, I don't understand the purpose between axb5+ after b5 as the second move in the exchange. It feels like it wastes a turn since the same pawn is going to be passed in the same position either way in such a tightly timed encounter. Does this not violate Rule 1 (Don't take pawns unless you have to) because of the check (which doesn't really seem to prevent the king from doing what it would want to do anyway) or is the doubled pawn on the a-file from axb4 significant enough to make up for the seemingly dubiously spent tempo?I'm sure there's a good reason, I just can't quite intuit it.

  8. Do not calculate pawn races as explained by Daniel (2nd example): 1. Kb5 Kg4 2. Kxa5 Kxh4 ….If White's and Black's move do not "collide", there is a much simpler and more reliable method.Count the the moves for both sides. In case of the second example starting around 5:45.A. Count Whites moves to promotion: 1. Kb5 2. Kxa5 3. Kb5 4. a5 5. a6 6. a7 7. a8DB. count Black's moves: 1. Kg4 2. Kxh4 3. Kg3 4. h4 5. h3 6. h2 7. h1DNow you notice that White can capture Black's Queen on move 8.You probably know that the endgame Q against rook pawn on the 7th rank is normally drawn, but here the white queen can move to h1 if Black does not promote the pawn.

  9. 48:48 I think it's not about time so much as space here. Black would still be winning if his pawn were on a7 — the problem for white is that black's king is so far forward that white doesn't have enough vertical space to sneak around to the c-file

  10. I have a question/comment regarding calculation: For end games I get super confused calculating the way you do: white's move, black's move, white's move etc. White queens before before black can queen. My method 1, 2, 3,…8. 1, 2, 3, …10. It's going to take white 8 moves to queen and going to take black 10. So white can prevent black from queening. (I count white's path then blacks.) Is there anything inherently inferior about my method or is it 2 sides of the same coin?

  11. More of these videos pleaseee I suck at. Endgame

  12. Danya shouldn't worry about the length of these videos: they are so interesting and instructive that they would remain fascinating at 3 times their length.

  13. this series is insane!! ur giving rules! its amazing i have literally never seen anything more intuitive and useful teaching chess so effectively using examples..there are many contents carrying endgame theory and stuff but never ever like making us think more practically and think for ourselves.. i thought endgames were all about theory but now i know its not . thank you danya! 🙂

  14. Honestly you are the GOAT instructor. Will you be doing any more end game principles vids in the future? Thanks Danya.

  15. can you make a video of a queen vs rook endgame

  16. Day 3 of watching the series. Slightly getting comfortable going for trades and transition to endgame. Still not winning tho.

  17. It has all been said before but it bears repeating that this endgame series (and virtually all of Daniel's other content for that matter) is brilliant. He is an excellent pedagogue and his love for the game is infectious. Thank you Daniel!

  18. Bro is single handedly responsible for all my recent wins

  19. Rule 1: InhaleRule 2 : Don't inhaleRule 3 : Ok, inhale but gentlyRule 4 : Never mind stop inhalingMy mind :oydihxihcoit@__@_@#_hfxohx

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